Refugee refutes claims he abused boy inside detention centre and more Zedlines

A Manus Island refugee said to be responsible for the shooting on Manus Island last week is disputing Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s recount of the events. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Mr Dutton explained last week’s shooting at the island’s detention centre as a clash between authorities and detainees over the sexual assault of a boy inside the centre.

The Afghan refugee say he brought the boy into the centre, gave him food and then security escorted the boy out.

The refugee also says it all took place days before the shooting and he is horrified by the accusations of sexual assault.

Queensland Farmers set to receive disaster funding

Mandatory drug testing for parents with children in care, and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government will introduce mandatory drug testing for parents with children in departmental care. Image source: Flickr

This comes after recent government statistics revealed one third of children in protection has at least one parent who is using or has used ice.

Queensland’s Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the data from the state’s first ice summit assisted the Government in coming up with strategies to combat the problem.

She also announced drug and alcohol nurses will be embedded in government family support system for the first time, to enable better coordination and collaboration on the ground between family safety, the family support team, and health practitioners.

Brisbane: get green or face lower liveability and more Zedlines...

A Brisbane landscape architect has said Brisbane needs to incorporate more greenery into its urbanisation or face dropping on the livability scale.

The architect, Steve Dunn, has raised concerns that the concrete overload could lead to future residents and tourism shifting to coastal areas or interstate.

In inner city Brisbane, he estimates there’s currently only around 160 hectares of green space.


New UQ bridge proposal angers Brisbane City council

The University of Queensland has angered Brisbane City Council and local community members over a plan to build a new bridge in the middle of a Council-owned park at West End.

Ipswich hosting domestic violence walk next Wednesday and more Zedlines...

In just under a week, Ipswich CBD will be playing host to the annual Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence.

The event is being held as a part of a partnership between the Ipswich City Council and the Domestic Violence Action Centre, who says the walk is an important part of sending a clear message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.

The march will end with a candlelight vigil at d’Arcy Doyle Place on Brisbane Street and is expected to go from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.


Government hides more than 200 pages of youth detention review

Green senator to investigate Manus Island shooting and more Zedlines

Greens senator Nick Mckim says he will spend time on Manus Island next week investigating conflicting reports on a detention centre shooting last Friday. (Image Source: Flickr)

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Manus Island authorities feared for the safety of a young boy in the centre, and fired shots in an attempt to remove him.

Papua New Guinea police have rejected these claims, saying the shooting was spurred on by a dispute between island residents and the Defence Force over the naval base’s sporting field.

Movie world to construct Australia’s largest rollercoaster

Gold Coast theme park Movie World has begun construction on what will be Australia's largest rollercoaster.

Studio pierces equality and more Zedlines

A body piercing studio in Cairns is garnering much unwanted attention following an allegation made by a young backpacker who was turned away for being Israeli. (source: Facebook)

Mohr Wenger and her friend, who are visiting Australia, went to Cold Steel Body Piercing to get their noses pierced and has alleged the store has a “No Israelis served here” poster hung up on a wall of the studio.

Once the store person found out the pair of young women were from Israel he turned them away, saying it was “out of principal.”

Record foster parent inquiries

Fraser Island back to roots and more Zedlines

The heritage listed Fraser Island has had its national park renamed back to the island’s traditional title, which comes as a small win for the traditional owners of the island. (photo credit: Creative Commons Zero)

The national park which sees over 800,000 visitors annually, spans across the entire island has now be renamed K’gari, with three signs displaying the new name to be installed throughout the island.

The Butchulla people have always called the island K’gari, which means paradise, and continue to campaign for the whole island to be renamed.

Personalised transport reforms

Taxi and limousine owners and operators can now apply for $9,000 in payments under the current Palaszczuk incentive.

ANZAC Day Parade

Thousands of Brisbane residents have attended the Brisbane dawn service this morning to commemorate 102 years since the ANZAC soldiers landed in Gallipoli. (Image Source: Flickr)

According to returned Services League Queensland secretary, Scott Denner, attendance has increased over the past 15 years with more people gathering to remember the 100,000 Australian lives lost in conflict.

There will be over 40 Anzac Day services across the Brisbane area today with the Anzac Day Parade through Brisbane's CBD starting at 10:00 am.

Queensland to honour veterans for 75th anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea
Today Australian’s will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during today’s ANZAC Day services.

Federal Government backflips on plan to cut community legal aid and more Zedlines

The Government backs out of plans to cut community legal centre funding. Image source: Flickr

As per their budget, the Turnbull Government was due to slash $35 million from the community legal aid sector, a system which provides free legal help to disadvantaged Australians in 190 centres.

Senator Brandis remarked on the financial backflip, by saying ‘the government has always recognised the essential role of the legal assistance sector in providing access to justice for the most vulnerable Australians’.

The reinstated money will go toward frontline services in community legal centres and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

Australia is gearing up to import Indian mangoes and more zedlines

Australia to import mangoes from India. Image Source: Wikipedia/Mark Benecke

India is set to begin exporting mangoes into Australia.

This is not the first time Australia has imported mangoes, often getting its supply from Mexico, Pakistan and Philippines.

Robert Gray from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says the if the fruit meets biosecurity standards, supply will begin well before Australia’s own mango season.


Damage figures of a billion for ex-cyclone Debbie

The Queensland Treasurer has released damage figures following ex-cyclone Debbie.